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This book is exactly what the sub-title "A Practical Guide to Agile Requirements Discovery" says it is. The book is a very detailed breakdown of the steps that should be taken by Scrum teams that want to succeed. I have listed the chapters below to give you an overview of the topics the author covers in this book. Chapter 1. Solving the Right Problem Chapter 2. Relying on a Stable Foundation Chapter 3. Discovering Through Short Feedback Loops and Stakeholders’ Decrements Chapter 4. Expressing Desirements with User Stories Chapter 5. Refining User Stories by Grooming the Product Backlog Chapter 6. Confirming User Stories with Scenarios Chapter 7. Automating Confirmation with Acceptance Tests Chapter 8. Addressing Nonfunctional Requirements Chapter 9. Conclusion In the first chapter the author covers how the scrum teams can distinguish requirements from the solution. In other wor... (more)

Book Review: Master Data Management and Data Governance, 2nd Edition

This book is great for beginners just starting out with MDM as well as seasoned professionals. I was introduced to MDM with the first version of this book. That was not my copy, so I bought the second edition for myself. This book covers everything MDM from architectural considerations to governance and market trends. The book offers some really sound advice on building the business case for MDM and how to communicate that business case effectively. Listen to their advice!!!! I am an architect, purely a technical guy, but I can tell you from experience without the backing of the bu... (more)

Book Review: C# 4 Unleashed

The author of this book starts off by answering the question, "Why do we need another C# book?". I was asking myself that very question as I turned to the introduction. He says "In short, what sets this book apart from many others is its in-depth coverage of how things work." As far as C# 4.0 books go, I have read C# 4.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference, Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, and CLR via C# (Dev-Pro) . All very good books, very good!!! C# 4.0 Unleashed belongs on the shelf with them. The author does indeed break down the C# language in a unique and very enjo... (more)

Book Review: The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard for Java

I really like the CERT books. This one is no different, however, it is not one to read from cover to cover, at least not for me. It contains a catalog of rules for programming secure java code. What I have been doing is using it to look up rules about topics found in other resources that I have been using to learn the java environment. Although the book contains a great index, there is an online version of this book which is really nice. It contains a really sweet search. I have been using that a lot to find the topics I am interested in, marking them in the book, and then readin... (more)

Book Review: Core Java (9th Edition), Volume I and Volume II

This review covers both Core Java Volume I--Fundamentals (9th Edition) and Core Java, Volume II--Advanced Features (9th Edition). Both books are part of the Prentice Hall Core Series. I actually got Volume II first and liked it so much I ordered Volume I. I felt like I was missing the first half of the story. Especially when I downloaded the code and both volumes were included. These two books take you on quite a journey. The first volume starts off with a great overview and history of Java. It then goes into how to download, install, and configure both the JDK and Eclipse. The aut... (more)